Great farewell meal at The Guardhouse last night. I got the chance to say goodbye to everyone’s-favorite-bartender, Joe. It was good to hear that the employees get to keep their jobs if they want to stay on under the new Union League ownership. That was part of the deal, which is a real class act (as usual) on the part of the owner Albert Breuers. Some of his employees have been with him for over 25 years! In the restaurant biz that is really saying something!
Many are truly going to miss this place Here’s the story if you missed it:
Do you dream of joining a supper club? How about one that’s all outdoors with your choice of fare from 11 different restaurants and bars?
This September, set aside Wednesday evenings for Supper Sessions on the Avenue, a brand-new series curated by Mt. Airy USA that will transform a block of Germantown Avenue into an alfresco dining destination every week.Supper Sessions On The Avenue Fast FactsDine alfresco in Mt. Airy every Wednesday through September, 5-11 p.m.The 7100 block of Germantown Avenue will be closed to traffic.
Over 10 different restaurants and bars will serve up food and drinks outdoors.Live music will accompany the experience.Many area organizations and businesses will offer extended hours.Replacing the annual Mt. Airy Street Fare, this food-centric event closes the 7100 block of Germantown Avenue to traffic from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Wednesday in September, enabling you to grab a table under the stars and enjoy the early-autumn weather over food and drinks.
Choose to dine outside one of the block’s numerous restaurants and bars (Alma Mater, Chef Ken’s, Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange, Earth Bread + Brewery, Golden Crust, Juice Room, Jyoti, McMenamin’s Tavern, Mi Puebla and Trattoria Moma), many of which will offer special menus for the occasion.As you settle in and relax, musicians perform along the street to add the perfect ambiance to your meal.Before or after dinner, guests can participate in pop-up events along the avenue hosted by community organizations.
Many businesses on the block will welcome visitors with later hours and some of the gallery and theater spaces will host special activities.Click here for more information.Mark your calendars now and get ready for four midweek nights (September 7, 14, 21 and 28) of delicious fun!
At the young age of only 32, Sadie Francis has played a key role in saving—and greening—a very important building in our shared historic landscape. The proprietor of the newly opened Cynwyd Station Café and Tea Room, the café gives new use to the once abandoned, almost forgotten Cywnyd Station, an original 1890 station of the Pennsylvania Railroad, one of the last still standing. The building had a decade-long run on the Lower Merion Conservancy’s Preservation WatchList, and was happily (for us) adopted by the Lower Merion Historical Society as a project; the society doggedly restored and renewed the building—itself a story recounted in this column many, many times over the years.
But getting the building inhabitable again was only half the story. Its new use was the other half—and for the last few years, the restored building quietly awaited its next chapter, preservationists like me holding our breath. Until mid-March, when the café—hallelujah!—opened. (Read Article)